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Vigilemus et oremus : the theological significance of "keeping vigil" in Rome from the fourth to the eighth centuries / James G. Sabak.

Author/Creator:
Sabak, James G., author
Publication:
Turnhout : Brepols, [2021]
Format/Description:
Book
411 pages ; 29 cm
Series:
Studia traditionis theologiae, 2294-3617 ; 42
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Subjects:
Vigils (Liturgy) -- History.
Church history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600.
Church history -- Primitive and early church.
Vigils (Liturgy).
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
"Christians have observed vigils in both East and West from earliest times. In the broad liturgical tradition of Christianity, the idea of keeping vigil appears to manifest the Church’s eschatological nature. Documentary evidence from the earliest centuries reveals that some Christians kept a night watch at the graves of martyrs and other heroes of the faith as to anticipate that dawn when the rising Sun of Justice would return in fulfilment of his promise. Eventually, vigils appear not just for Easter, Pentecost and saints’ days, but also for Christmas, the dedication of a church building, and on Saturday evening of the uniquely Roman quarterly Ember Weeks. Liturgical sources of the sixth, seventh, and eighth centuries reveal that such practices became relatively standardized with the assignment of specific Mass texts and scriptural readings, yet we know very little about the precise elements which comprised a vigil liturgy and of their theological significance. At the same time these vigils were so important that they attracted to themselves the celebration of major sacramental liturgies during them. Hence, the Paschal Vigil, which existed for centuries as a vigil liturgy of scriptural readings and prayers gradually became the setting for the annual baptismal celebration. This book examines the nature of Roman vigil liturgies in the early centuries of Christianity to unravel the most primitive structure of keeping vigil and to provide a better understanding of the Paschal Vigil, which Augustine of Hippo affirms as the ‘mother of all vigils.’" --Provided by publisher
Contents:
Machine generated contents note: pt. I The Ember Vigils
Introductory Comments
ch. 1 The Embertide Vigils Of March And June
ch. 2 The Embertide Vigils Of September And December
Analysis of the Ember Vigils in Light of the Texts
pt. II The Earliest Vigils of the Paschal Cycle
Introductory Comments
ch. 3 The Vigil Of Pascha
ch. 4 The Vigil Of Pentecost
pt. III The Vigils of the Christmas Cycle
Introductory Comments
ch. 5 The Vigils Of The Feast Of Christmas
ch. 6 The Vigil Of Epiphany
pt. IV The Vigils of the Sanctoral Cycle
ch. 7 The Pre-Eucharistic Vigils Of The Sanctoral Cycle
Conclusion
APPENDICES OF THE SACRAMENTARY TEXTS
Appendix 1 The Prayer Texts for the Vigil of the First Month Fast
Appendix 2 The Prayer Texts for the Vigil of the Fourth Month Fast
Appendix 3 The Prayer Texts for the Vigil of the Seventh Month Fast
Appendix 4 The Prayer Texts for the Vigil of the Tenth Month Fast
Appendix 5 The Prayer Texts for the Vigil and Day of Pascha
Appendix 6 The Prayer Texts for the Vigil and Day of Pentecost
Appendix 7 The Prayer Texts for the Vigil and Day of Christmas
Appendix 8 The Prayer Texts for the Vigil and Day of Epiphany
Appendix 9 Possible Prayer Texts for the Vigil of the Ascension of the Lord
Appendix 10 Prayer Texts for the Vigil and Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Appendix 11 Prayer Texts for the Vigil and Feast of Saint John the Baptist
Appendix 12 Prayer Texts for the Vigil and Feast of Saints Peter and Paul
Appendix 13 Prayer Texts for the Vigil and Feast of Saint Lawrence
Appendix 14 Prayer Texts for the Vigil and Feast of Saint Andrew.
Notes:
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Catholic University of America Washington, 2012.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 393-400) and index.
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e-book version
ISBN:
9782503590882
2503590888
OCLC:
1245838753
Publisher Number:
9782503590882